[Blueboard] Ateneo Physics News

Quirino Jr. M. Sugon qsugon at ateneo.edu
Tue Jul 30 08:39:45 PHT 2013

This week in Ateneo Physics News:


Question 1. What was your career track?

I studied in Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City. Actually, I passed
Philippine Science High School, but my parents did not allow me to go. I
was also accepted in the Ateneo Chemical Engineering and Management
Engineering programs, but I studied instead at the University of St. La
Salle in Bacolod City.

I like science. I like to write. So I asked my self, “Why not Creative
Writing?”After one year, I went to the University of Philippines-Diliman as
a Creative Writing major. I was thinking of writing science fiction novels
as a career, though I didn't know yet that I needed to take Chemistry and
Physics to do this. Then I met Prof. Yanga in Natural Science 1 in UP
Diliman. He convinced me to shift to physics. After one year in Creative
Writing, I shifted to physics and then finished my degree. I worked with
Dr. Magpantay for my thesis on non-Abelian gauge theories.

I went to the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste,
Italy for the diploma program in high energy physics. After that I moved to
Purdue University for my PhD. in Physics. In Purdue I did research on
Statistical Mechanics and Critical Phenomena. Dissertation with Hisao
Nakanishi. After that I moved to University of Pittsburg to work with Yadin
Goldschmidt. I was a postdoctoral fellow and we were working on the physics
of vortices in high Tc superconductor. I went back to the Philippines and
taught at De La Salle University for two years and two trimesters. Then I
went to the National University of Singapore. In the first two years I was
at the Physics department working with Jian-Sheng Wang on thermal transport
in quantum systems. After that I had another postdoctorate, but this time
in Electrical Engineering with Albert Liang on electron transport in
quantum devices. So finally, after three postdoctorate fellowships, I
decided that it was time for me to go back to the Philippines and go to
Ateneo de Manila University. Why Ateneo? Ateneo is semestral unlike DLSU
which is trimestral. I prefer the semestral system. Ateneo is also close to
UP; I can collaborate with people in UP. And the environment in Ateneo is a
university setting compared to other universities. Academic setting is more
conductive for thinking and doing research....

Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University
Program Manager, Upper Atmosphere Dynamics, Manila Observatory
Phone: 63-2-4266001 local 4850
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